Pacific Invites Prospective Students and Families to Explore Campus During Oregon Private College Week, July 23-27

Pacific University is joining 10 other private, nonprofit colleges and universities to celebrate Oregon Private College Week July 23-27 by inviting prospective students and their families to campus for a closer look.

Earlier this month, Gov. Kate Brown declared July 23-27, 2018, to be Oregon Private College Week, citing the “indispensable contributions private, nonprofit colleges and universities make to Oregon’s communities and to the state’s higher education attainment goals.” 

Prospective students and their families who register in advance and visit at least four participating colleges during the week will be eligible for application fee waivers when they apply for admission to any of the participating institutions. 

Campus visitation sessions will begin at Pacific at 9 a.m. and at 2 p.m. each day of Oregon Private College. Prospective students and their families can explore campus, learn about academic programs and financial aid, talk to admissions staff and more.

Oregon Private College Week at Pacific will include an informational session that will cover areas of study offered, clubs and activities, research and internship opportunities, scholarships and the financial aid process at Pacific. Admissions counselors will also be available to answer any questions that students and guests might have about the university or the college search process in general. Advance registration is strongly encouraged and can be done online.

Officials at all participating colleges and universities will be on hand to counter commonly held myths that private higher education is not affordable or attainable. In fact, the following are true:

  • Private college students are economically, socially and racially diverse. Nearly one in three undergraduates at an Alliance member institution receives/is eligible for Federal Pell grants. One in five is the first in their family to attend college, and one in three is a student from a demographic group historically underrepresented on the nation’s college campuses.
  • Private colleges are focused on student success. One of the best indicators of success is class size, and the student to faculty ratio averages 11:1.  Strong campus communities offer plenty of student support and hands-on learning applicable to real-world careers.
  • Private college is affordable. Ninety-three percent of first-time, first-year students at private, nonprofit colleges and universities receive financial aid, with awards averaging more than $20,000 per year.

Oregon’s private higher education sector enrolls 19 percent of the state’s undergraduate students, awards 23 percent of its undergraduate degrees, and confers one in four of STEM and health baccalaureate degrees earned by students of color.

The majority of undergraduate students (61 percent) enrolled in Alliance member institutions finish their bachelor’s degrees in four years, the highest rate of completion in the state, and 28 percent graduate with zero debt. 

For more information about Oregon Private College Week, including a complete list of participating colleges and universities, please visit

About Pacific University

Pacific University is a small, but diverse learning community, where students thrive in a personal academic environment. Tracing its roots to 1849, when it was chartered as a school for orphans of the Oregon Trail, Pacific has long been devoted to making a difference in the world. Today, students study in a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business, education, health professions and optometry. Located in Oregon, Pacific serves a diverse population of more than 3,800 students, with campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn. At Pacific University, students and faculty develop close, nurturing relationships that provide an extraordinary educational experience.

About The Alliance

The Alliance represents 18 of Oregon’s regionally accredited, nonprofit private institutions of higher education. Together, Alliance colleges and universities enroll more than 35,000 students, conferring approximately one in four baccalaureate degrees and about half of the master’s and doctoral degrees awarded in Oregon. More than one in four graduates complete their degrees with zero debt; average debt for those students who graduate with debt is on par with the national and Oregon average. The Alliance works to intersect the needs of business and industry with private nonprofit colleges and the public good to create real solutions to build a more educated and skilled workforce for Oregon. For more information, visit

Wednesday, June 27, 2018